Kids Helping Cats

Coins for Cats and Cans for Cats: two easy ways for children of all ages to help the big cats! 

 

coinsforcats.jpgCoins for Cats! I recently emptied a little piggy bank I throw all my change in when I come home. It wasn’t even full, maybe half so. It added up to $106! That little bit of effort ended up being a nice chunk of change. I gave it to Yogie and Friends. This is a neat way for kids to be able to help the animals with very little effort.  

Cans for Cats! Kids can also help by collecting cans and taking them to the local recycling center for cash and this can also add up to a nice piece of change for the cats. It’s something kids can do to help go green and help the cats all at once. 

 


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March 2009 Newsletter

Happy March!

I know the weather has been very confusing to the plants, animals, and people alike. Trees and plants are starting to bloom and this makes us think we will be having one hot summer. Hopefully it won’t be too hot.

New Visitor Hours: We changed our visitor season. Our new visitor hours are Saturdays only from noon till 5 P.M. and as always, weather permitting. Our new season is from the 1st Saturday in April to 1 November, or basically the last Saturday up to November 1st.

Our scheduled season opening is 4 April 2009 (weather permitting). Noon – 5 P.M. We are really gearing up for the new season. That means mowing, weed eating, and all the other maintenance that comes with the warm weather. We hope our visitors will find Yogie and Friends a calm and relaxing atmosphere as well as our cats do. This is why we don’t have a lot of fancy esthetics. Concrete walkways increase the air temperature about 15 degrees and we don’t want that. That is another reason we don’t open when it rains. We may not be a fancy place, but we have some happy, healthy animals.

moses2009.jpgHappy Birthday Moses! Moses the lion turned three years old on February 27th. It seems like yesterday that Tim found this little surprise in the lion pen. Thankfully we won’t be having anymore surprises like this again. We decided that vasectomies and lions just don’t work. But, we love this little guy and he is getting more and more beautiful as he grows. We would really like to get some major piece of land donated to expand the size of the animal habitats. We are not looking to bring on any more big cats at this time. We want to expand the size of the current resident’s living area to make it more of a natural design. Since our animals were in a crisis rescue situation we didn’t have the luxury of building first, then rescuing. Some places had that luxury, but we didn’t. It is usually rescue or destroy when it comes to the big cats. You can’t just foster one of these animals like a domestic dog or cat. But, since we are now in a housed situation we can get land, and with help from donations, then build a more natural habitat to move our animals to. If anyone can help with this, then please let us know.

Field Trips: Yogie and Friends conducts group tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and our prices are the least expensive of any attraction in this area. If you or anyone you know are interested in having your school, home school group, day care, or any group of 20 or more visit with us, then please let us know. This is a guided, educational tour and just plain old fun experience.

We want to thank Animal Welfare and the Krewe of Barkous and Meoux for helping us with the spay and neutering of a family of feral cats we found at Yogie and Friends. It was a mom and her three kittens, 1 girl and 2 boys, that have all since been fixed and now are being socialized. So, thank you two groups again for the financial help with this. We often receive phone calls or e-mails from people wanting us to get involved in political fights. This is something we cannot, and will not, do. The IRS laws governing non-profit organizations are very clear. No politics! We will never do anything that will risk our animal residents. We do our political part by voting when voting comes up. So, we hope nobody ever feels like we don’t want to do anything, we just cannot. We do so in the manner that the law allows us.

Yogie and Friends 10th Anniversary Calendar is in production. This calendar will be for the 2010 calendar years and Gomezˍ250.jpgwill have amazing photos of our beautiful animals as well as species and biography information. If you are interested in helping sponsor this calendar, then please contact us. Our goal is to have the calendars available for sale by October 2009. May 2010 will be Yogie and Friends tenth anniversary. At this time it looks like the calendar may sell for $14 – $15, but we don’t have the final numbers at this time. Hey, 100% of the proceeds go to the animals and it will make a nice gift for next holiday season! We are trying to have a table at Petco on Youree Drive in Shreveport every Saturday to let people know who we are and what we are all about. Hope to see you there.I had an opportunity to speak to the kids of the We Care Club at Youree Drive Middle School in Shreveport on February 27th. This group gave a donation to Yogie and Friends as well and we thank you for that and the opportunity to speak and share about these great animals. We hope these kids have a greater appreciation and understanding of the plight of these magnificent animals. YogieBakeSale0308ˍ02.jpg

Upcoming Events: 14 March 2009 Semi-Annual Bake Sale and Fundraiser, Courtyard Coffee
We have been asked to do the sales every 4 months, and it looks like we will do so. We are fans of the little business person and love holding these events at Courtyard Coffee. This is a family owned and run business and we hope to continue this collaboration as long as possible. Keep your eyes and ears open for our seasonal bake sales now.

An easy way you can help the cats is when you do your shopping on-line is by using iGive. If you do your shopping on-line then you can contribute by shopping through the iGive tool. Everything helps. Visit www.iGive.com and select Yogie and Friends as your cause when you shop. It’s so easy.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program replaces the Kroger Share Card Program. The new Kroger program is now up and running. The advantage of the new program is now you only need to use the one card, your Kroger Plus Card. The Share card is obsolete. If you download the Kroger letter from our website and bring it with you the next time you shop at Kroger’s all you need to do is give the letter, with the bar code, to the cashier along with your Kroger Plus Card. The cashier will scan the bar code and it will be part of your Kroger Plus Card. One less step.

Combined Federal Campaign. It is that time of year again when Federal and Military personnel can donate to Yogie and Friends through payroll deduction under the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) program. If you are interested in contributing this way our CFC number is 42427.

coinsforcats.jpgCoins for Cats! I recently emptied a little piggy bank I throw all my change in when I come home. It wasn’t even full, maybe half so. It added up to $106! That little bit of effort ended up being a nice chunk of change. I gave it to Yogie and Friends. This is a neat way for kids to be able to help the animals with very little effort.

Cans for Cats! Kids can also help by collecting cans and taking them to the local recycling center for cash and this can also add up to a nice piece of change for the cats. It’s something kids can do to help go green and help the big cats all at once.

If you are interested in volunteering with us then please contact us. Come visit us at the sanctuary and see what we are all about. This is a 100% volunteer driven organization, which means, nobody gets paid for the work they do. We love the animals and what we are doing for them. There are many different volunteer opportunities such as tour guide, admissions, lawn care, fundraising, etc. A little something for everyone. But, please know this. There is absolutely no contact with the animals. If you want to volunteer with the intent of “touching” one of these animals, then this is not the place for you. If you are doing this for the love and care of the animals, then maybe this is something for you.

Check out the programs being offered at Yogie and Friends. There is the Yogie and Friends Membership Program , Sponsorship Program, and Corporate Sponsorship Program . These are programs that help us support the animals and another way that you can get involved. Program packages are available here on our website.

Go Green with our ink jet and cell phone recycling program. Details are listed on our website.

We have several programs for you to help our animals: www.magfundraising.com, www.igive.com, Cause ID 19883, www.networkforgood.org, www.goodsearch.com, just to name a few. They are all listed here on our website. Please remember to spay and neuter your pets.

Also, do what you can to prevent flea and ticks causing serious illnesses to your animals. They deserve your care and kindness. Don’t stop using preventative just because it is cold outside. Some of these pests are still around in the winter. Please make sure you provide all your animals, inside and outside, fresh, clean water (and not covered in ice during the winter). Provide good, warm and dry shelter for those animals outside.

Be good to your animals. Be good to people! Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Jenny and the Yogie Cats!


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